Coroner completes investigation into Aspen woman’s death
November 26, 2009
ASPEN – The Pitkin County Coroner’s Office has listed blunt force trauma to the head as the cause of death to Cheryl Ann Lurie, the Aspen Police Department said Wednesday.
The coroner’s office said the manner of death is undetermined.
“The forensic medical evidence indicates [Lurie’s] head most likely did strike a sprinkler head in the area where she was found but the manner in which this came about cannot be determined,” the police department said in a press release. “No further conclusions can or should be drawn from this lack of determination as to the manner of death. It is not uncommon for the coroner to determine the manner, or even the cause, of death as undetermined.”
Lurie was discovered dead by a passer-by on the morning of Nov. 16. Her body was found face up in the Library Plaza park, located to the immediate east of the Pitkin County Library. Lurie, a longtime Aspen resident, was 54.